American Red Cross Telethon to Air March 4, 2018
Annual fundraiser helps Pocono families affected by disaster.
The American Red Cross of the Pocono Mountains is gearing up for its annual fundraising telethon. Join the Red Cross, State Senator Mario Scavello, other local legislators and area supporters on Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 from 3-8 PM on Sunday, March 4, 2018.The telethon will be broadcast live from East Stroudsburg University. All money raised that night will help families in the Poconos who experience a disaster.
The Red Cross depends on local donors to fulfill its mission. The Red Cross responds to a community disaster every eight minutes, providing shelter, food, emotional support and other necessities to those affected. It provides 24-hour support to members of the military, veterans and their families at home and around the world. It must collect 14,000 units of blood every day to fulfill the country’s needs. It trains millions of people in first aid, water safety and other lifesaving skills. And it supports the vaccination of children around the globe against measles and rubella.
In fiscal year 2017, the Pocono Mountains Red Cross responded to 58 local emergencies, assisting 206 people who suffered a disaster. Funds raised at this year’s telethon will support the Red Cross’ effort to help families recover from disasters like house fires and floods.
During the five-hour telethon, local volunteers will be on-hand to take pledges via phone from 3-8 PM Sunday.
The Red Cross is not a government agency and relies on donations of time, money and blood to do its work. An average of 91 cents of every dollar the Red Cross spends is invested in humanitarian services and programs.